Tag: MiG-25 Foxbat

The Myth of Soviet Arms and Tactics in the Middle East, Part Two: The Six-Day War, the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War
Syria accepted about 32 Soviet advisors, but especially officers of its air force just couldn’t stand the Soviets: one of their advisors ended being face-slapped by certain Major of the SyAAF, and another became a drunkard and committed a suicide shortly after returning to the USSR. Here’s the second part in a series...
Watch Algerian MiG-25 Foxbats taking part in Joint Air Defense Exercise with NATO Fighters
From time to time, Algerian Foxbats participate in joint exercises with NATO-members. Brought to my attention by Kheiro Hussein, a reader of The Aviation Geek Club, the interesting photo in this post was taken on Oct. 10, 2010 and shows a French Airbus A310 being intercepted by an Algerian MiG-25PDS during Air Defense Exercise “Circaete 2010.”
A quick look at Algerian Foxbats: the only MiG-25 Fighters to Take Part in NATO Exercises
Having signed contract in 1978, Algeria was the first export customer for MiG-25 Foxbat. MiG-25PDS’are still operational today. Algeria was the first export customer for MiG-25 (ASCC/NATO-code 'Foxbat'). Related contract was signed in 1978, and a group of pilots and ground personnel underwent conversion training in Krasondar already during the same year. Thus,...
That Time Gaddafi Scrambled 70 Fighters to Intercept US Navy Aircraft that Crossed the Line of Death
No less than 35 pairs of Libyan interceptors, including a total of 70 MiG-23MS's, MiG-25Ps, Mirage F.1s, and even Su-22s, Su-22Ms and MiG-25RBs, approached US Navy aircraft on Aug. 18, 1981. Relations between Libya under Gaddafi's rule and the USA gradually worsened after Tripoli's announcement that the Gulf of Syrte (known as the...
F-14 Vs MiG-25: when U.S. Navy Tomcats outmanoeuvred Gaddafi’s Foxbats over the Gulf of Syrte
When the U.S. Navy's SAG violated what Libyans considered their territorial waters, two MiG-25 Foxbats forward-deployed at Benina AB were scrambled with the order to shoot down all airborne intruders. U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcats Vs Libyan MiG-25 Foxbats. Tensions between the US and Libya heightened after the hijacking of TWA Flight...
MiG-25 pilot who shot down Speicher’s F/A-18, could have shot down an A-6 too. But he was ordered to RTB because Iraqi GCI feared he was engaging an IrAF MiG-29.
“I wondered what the missile would look like as it came off his wing toward us,” Cdr Robert Besal, A-6 Intruder B/N. On the night of Jan. 17, 1991 after Lt Zuhair Dawoud shot down Lt Cdr Scott "Spike" Speicher F/A-18C Hornet, he banked right to give the blast a wide berth, and...
During Operation Desert Storm IrAF MiG-25s claimed to have shot down a USAF F-15C. And a Bedouin smuggler confirmed the kill.
IrAF MiG-25s were involved in Operation Samurrá, the IrAF's last attempt at engaging the American F-15Cs. By Jan. 28, 1991 some 82 of Iraq's newest and most advanced combat aircraft — including four MiG-29s, 24 Mirage F1s, and 24 Sukhoi Su-24 twin-jet tactical bombers — had been evacuated to Iran.
You can’t be my wingman anytime: MiG-31 Mistakenly shot down another MiG-31
The Foxhound was brought down by another MiG-31 which fired an R-33 air-to-air missile mistakenly. As we have reported two years ago, on Apr. 26, 2017 a MiG-31 from Russia’s Eastern Military District crashed during a training flight near the Telemba proving ground, the Republic of Buryatia. At...
Iraqi MiG-25 Foxbat Pilot explains how he was able to shoot down Lt Cdr Speicher’s F/A-18 Hornet the first night of Operation Desert Storm
“I locked a target 38km from me and at 29km I fired R-40RD missile from under my right wing. I kept the target locked with my radar till I witnessed a huge explosion in front of me,” Lt Zuhair Dawoud, IrAF MiG-25 pilot. The opening round of Operation Desert Storm...
How the defection of Viktor Belenko inspired Clint Eastwood’s Firefox
Belenko’s defection was mentioned in the novel Firefox by Craig Thomas, on which Clint Eastwood’s movie is based. On Sep. 6, 1976, Lt Viktor Belenko, a pilot of a PVO MiG-25 Foxbat unit based at Chuguyevka air base north of Vladivostok (some sources state Sakharovka air base) failed to return from a sortie....

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